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The American Riviera by Train

Ditch the Car and Explore Three Classic Southern California Beach Towns the Easy Way

By Matthew Jaffe

From Sunset Magazine, May 2008

There's no way I'm reading now that the train has reached the ocean.

I look out from the Pacific Surfliner at Pacific surf riders: longboarders and shortboarders, paddle surfers and surf kayakers. There are dolphins too, glowing in sunlit waves.

I imagined that the train would race by unnoticed, but the surfers turn toward the tracks. One straddling his board raises his arms, both hands splayed in an enthusiastic shaka salute.

His message, of course: Hang loose…